Reviews and Problems with Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition AT80613003543AE (BX80613I7980X)
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22 November 2010
Excerpt: Based in White City, Oregon, Smooth Creations sells built-to-order gaming PCs and is known for its high-quality custom paint jobs. Last month we reviewed the HD 5970-equipped, Phenom X6-based, "Battlefield: Bad Company 2" custom gaming rig.
Conclusion: For the Divx 7 benchmark, we took a short 1080 HD video clip and passed it through the Divx 7 converter tool. This processes was repeated 5 times, with the media time reported as the final result. For this benchmark, we again found little difference between the i7-980X and i7-975. The performance difference here came out to roughly 5%, much of which can be attributed to the additional cache on the i7-980X.
Intel Core i7 980X Extreme Review: An Overall Look at the Core i7 Family
16 July 2010
Conclusion: As it turns out, this is not the case. In spite of featuring more cores and cache the Core i7 980X Extreme is more compact and fuel efficient . With an aggressive 3.33GHz clock speed, the chip flies along no matter if it is running applications that can only utilize one or two cores, especially when Turbo Boost is enabled. When time comes to work with applications that can utilize all six cores, the 980X Extreme enters a league of its own.
Conclusion: Without a doubt, the Core i7-980X is a fast CPU, the fastest out of the box CPU available. The 980X has a retail price of $999, meaning it will replace the 975X in Intel’s lineup. In terms of applications that will take advantage of the 6 cores, there are many game manufacturers working on optimization for multiple cores and with the support for DirectX 11 multithreaded rendering speeding up performance in games that support it, the Core i7-980X CPU to the next level,...
Conclusion: Bottom line- the 980X is an incredibly fast CPU and worth it if you are rendering or encoding at a professional level. For the rest of us, we can spend that $1000 on a CPU, Motherboard, Graphics card and memory to build a system that may not be as fast as the 980X but good enough to tackle the above mentioned games and benchmarks gracefully.
Summary: Verdict: There’s no denying the 980X is an impressive beast. The only issue is that it’s still ahead of the software curve, so unless you’re already using multi-threaded software, it’s better to wait for the 980X’s price to drop before taking the plunge.
Pros: Insanely fast when tackling multi-threaded software, compatible with existing X58 motherboards, same TDP as older quad-core chip.
Six Cores for a Desktop: Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition CPU Review
13 April 2010
Summary: Year 2010 will be remembered in the computer industry as the time when six-core processors entered the desktop segment. Intel was the first one to announce their six-core solution – a 999-dollar Nehalem modification featuring more computational cores and manufactured with 32 nm technological process.
Summary: Let’s get the negative aspect of the 980X package out of the way first… that is the cooling solution provided with the processor. We have to praise Intel for redesigning their bundled cooler and the heatsink itself is well made with a solid feel in addition to easy installation method.